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Political correctness in acting could mean Poirot can only be played by a Belgian, David Suchet warns – The Telegraph

Hercule Poirot may soon have to be played only by a Belgian actor, David Suchet has suggested, as he warns the pendulum of political correctness can swing too much the other way.

Suchet, the British actor known for his portrayal of Agatha Christies detective, said there must be limits to the modern demands placed on actors to play parts only similar to themselves.

Speaking of his own career, which saw him black up to play Caliban in a 1978 stage production of The Tempest, he said it was right that the world had moved on but suggested the industry risked going too far.

The world has changed, he told the Mail on Sunday. It has to change. It's not my world. I'm trying to catch up with it.

But I think there are limits. How much do you change of a play - dialogue or character-wise - to suit political correctness?

I'm a character actor. I don't want who I can play to become small because of political correctness.

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Political correctness in acting could mean Poirot can only be played by a Belgian, David Suchet warns - The Telegraph

Bill Maher on the Perils of Political Correctness – The New York Times

Deeply caustic and supremely confident, Bill Maher is the kind of satirist who causes even his many admirers his HBO talk show Real Time draws more than four million viewers per episode to throw up their hands now and again. Avoiding the public comfort of a party line, Maher lights into the political excesses and orthodoxies of the left as well as the right, on an anti-P.C., antihypocrisy crusade that skewers Democrats and Republicans alike. My whole career, Maher says, has been this battle: Why cant I talk on TV the way I talk at home or with my friends? My goal was to take that gap, which on most shows you can drive a truck through, and close it to nothing.

Most late-night hosts dont criticize both the right and the left as much as you do. Why do you think that is? Its hard to answer that question without sounding self-serving. I will say this: Our studio audience is not representative of liberals across the country. Your paper and The Atlantic had long articles1 in the last year saying that 80 percent of Americans think this politically correct BS has gone too far. But the people on Twitter are the people who control the media a lot. Theyre the millennials who probably grew up with helicopter parents who afforded them a sense of entitlement. They are certainly more fragile than previous generations. Trigger warnings. Safe spaces. Crying rooms. Microaggressions. That crowd feels like anything that upsets their tender sensibilities is completely out of line.

Isnt it important to distinguish between the fundamental arguments being made in favor of those sensibilities and the people being loudest on social media about them? Yes. The most important thing that the Democrats can do to win the next election is to broom this element out of their party and stand up to the Twitter mob and the ultrawoke. And I dont like the term woke, because it implies I am asleep. I was woke before some of these people were born. I grew up in a household with two liberal parents who were ahead of their time.2 My father and mother told me about civil rights. I knew what the right thing was. The difference is that liberals protect people, and P.C. people protect feelings. They dont do anything. Theyre pointing at other people who are somehow falling short of their standards, which could have changed three weeks ago. Theyre constantly moving the goalposts so they can go, Gotcha! For example, when I was growing up, the most liberal thing you could do is not see color. Well, thats wrong now. You see color, always, so you can register your white privilege. But I grew up in the Martin Luther King era: Judge by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I still think thats the best way to do it. Not see it.

But we do see color, and no one is arguing that people shouldnt be judged by their character. So what problem is being caused by the shift you just described? If someone walks in the room, after a minute, I should not be thinking about color. And I am not. Thats how I have always been. I have actual black friends. I dont think they want me to be always thinking: Black person. Black person. Im talking to a black person. Look, I tried to drive a stake through political correctness in the 90s.3 I obviously failed dismally. Its worse than ever.

Youve talked about the negative effects of the Twitter mob on your show, but youve also talked about how most people dont care whats on Twitter. If people dont care about the Twitter conversation, why bother railing against it? Because the Twitter-mob mentality has an effect on the rest of the world. Everyone fears the wrath of the Twitter mob and the social justice warriors and the P.C. police. Religions always talk about the one true religion. Now on the left we have the one true opinion. If you go against that, you do so at your peril. Thats why the air on the left is becoming stale. I railed for years against the Fox News bubble, and that is as strong as ever, but I didnt think it would get this bad on the left. Comedians are afraid to make jokes in clubs, because somebody will tape it and send it out on Twitter and get the mob after you.

Thats a concern we often hear from comedians these days. How much of that fear is coming from comedians still adjusting to the reality of there being possible consequences for their material? You can still make whatever joke you want. The difference is that more people are calling you out if they find it offensive. Thats nave. You can make the joke if you dont mind giving up your career or being fired. Come on. The politically correct people are not concerned about social justice. They care about putting scalps on the wall. Liam Neeson. Remember that?4 Are we at this place where we cant admit that weve ever had bad thoughts and gotten over them and become a better person? You cant judge today by yesterday. We evolve.

Lets take the Liam Neeson thing. Who I dont even like, by the way.

Whats your problem with Liam Neeson? Hes for horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. And Im a PETA board member.

I didnt know that. But the controversy around him was a story for a day, and then the world moved on. His career is fine, isnt it? The world doesnt move on for Megyn Kelly5 and Roseanne,6 and Aziz Ansari7 had to fly below the radar for a year. I think youre downplaying how serious this stuff is. We live in an age where people want to cancel other people and disappear them. Whos going to be left?

Youve had two big controversies during your career. The first was in 2001 when you said that the 9/11 hijackers were not cowards.8 The second was two years ago, when you made that joke using the N-word.9 Did it feel different to be at the center of a controversy during the social media era? Controversies are never pleasant to go through. On the second controversy, Im saving an in-depth discussion for my memoirs. If we were living in a country that could handle nuance, Id be happy to talk about it, but were no longer in that country. Theres no winning there. Youre going to have to read my memoirs. We live in an era where I dont think peoples main focus is the truth and/or sussing out something valuable or teachable. We live in a time in which people are more concerned with scalps and clicks.

Did the discussion that happened after you made that joke reveal anything new to you about our cultures or your own understanding of that language? I just think theres no way to have that conversation with you, David. Im sorry, I dont blame you for trying. Its a shame, because there is lots of learning that can be happening. As I said at the time, anytime someone is hurt by a word like that you have my sincere apology. But thats the beginning of a discussion, and its too bad that we dont live in a place where you can have the end of it.

Well, so my next question is related to the 9/11 controversy. Youve always been critical of all religions, but is there something distinct about your criticism of Islam? Fairly or not, youve been called an Islamophobe a few times over the years. Its ridiculous to label criticism of a religion as a phobia of a religion. Im going to criticize any person or group that violates liberal principles, and so should you. Almost all religions, by their nature, are intolerant and supremacist. At any time in history one religion will be the most fundamentalist. At this moment I think its pretty evident that religion is Islam. Of course, intolerance exists everywhere, but the places where, lets say, human rights workers have their work cut out for them the most are probably traditional Islamic societies. To conflate thinking that with Islamophobia is a facile and unconvincing trick.

I do wonder if, at least in the past, youve done some conflating of your own as far as, for example, treating theocracies or dictators as exemplars of Islamic rank and file. I think you have it backwards. The government of Pakistan is more liberal than the people. Their senate recently passed legislation to end child marriages and local police forces have intervened. Yes, we have things in our country that are at odds with liberal values, but someone once said that, at some point, a difference in degree becomes a difference in kind. Its frustrating for me. I know that people who ask me these questions actually agree with me, and yet theyre like, Are you crazy? Its like, Can I just be real?

It could be that there are complexities that your criticisms of Islam dont address. There are many factors, none of which Ive ever denied. Poverty has been shown to have little to do with terrorism. You can always bring in a million things to make this look like a phobia. But what about white supremacy? Also a bad thing! Never said it wasnt. Its interesting to me that even the people who criticize me about this sometimes have used the word cancer. As in, Islamism is a cancer upon Islam. And to those who say, when I mention instances of Islamism, But its not everywhere, I say, If a doctor tells you you have cancer, do you go, Yeah, but its not everywhere?

Do you see any way out of this cultural and political tailspin were in right now, in which everyones default stance is If you dont agree with me, then screw you? You have to find a way to begin with what you share and then explore why you differ so vehemently on other issues, and thats what we seem to have lost the ability to do. I dont see a lot of desire for people to talk to each other, to accept that, O.K., this person doesnt agree with me on a lot of stuff, but I dont have to think hes a monster. We want to beat our chests and vanquish the other side. Compromise seems like a dead concept.

On the Real Time anniversary special last year, the things people were saying about why they like you especially your fearlessness about saying what you really think reminded me of the things people say about why they like President Trump, whom youre no fan of.10 Is there any way to productively channel peoples enthusiasm for those qualities? So much of it seems like its mostly about the pleasure we get from seeing our opponents insulted. During the second year of Politically Incorrect we had a contest: Politically incorrect or just stupid? We were trying to make the point that saying something thats contrary is not necessarily politically incorrect. Its sometimes just stupid. I define political correctness as the elevation of sensitivity over truth. Thats my beef with it. Were not getting to the truth, because were too sensitive.

Let me totally switch subjects. I went and read your novel.11 Im verklempt. Thats something no interviewer has ever said to me.

It has this lovingly detailed evocation of a very particular time in the comedy world, back when the boom was starting to happen in the late 70s, and how that was a real moment of change for comedians and their work. Have you seen any similar sea changes since? Im probably not the best one to ask, because it has been a long time since I was in the comedy clubs. I do hear a lot of complaints that comedians are frustrated that they cant freely try out new bits. When I was coming up, the great thing about the comedy clubs was that they were laboratories for our experimentation. That was the deal. They didnt pay us, and we didnt have to be good and werent but thats how we honed our craft. Now people are afraid, and comedy does not function well in that atmosphere of fear. We want to be saying whatever, especially if its funny, and it hurts us that the audience wont trust us. Do you really think Im on the side of the bad people? Chris Rock, Larry the Cable Guy and Jerry Seinfeld a few years ago all were talking about the fact that they dont work campuses anymore. Jerry Seinfeld is too out there? His act is so clean it whitens teeth. Comedy is about saying those true things that everyone else isnt saying. Thats where the fun is.

You mentioned colleges. Students are another group that you talk a lot about on the show. There has been no time over the last 50 or so years when people havent been criticizing college kids social and political ideas. But isnt that a reaction to the fact that college is a place where students are pushing hard and figuring out their ideas about the world? Isnt that what these kids are supposed to be doing at that age and in that setting? I dont think someone whos at Harvard is a child, and I do think they should know that everybody in America gets a lawyer. Yet they did not understand that.12

The students at Harvard werent saying Harvey Weinstein wasnt entitled to a lawyer. They were objecting to a residential dean being his lawyer. Thats different. Well, thats wrong, too. Everybody gets the lawyer that they want. Harvard doesnt understand the very basis of the Sixth Amendment? I dont think a lot of us who are criticizing that are criticizing the kids as much as the administrators.

Who you think are spineless. Very spineless. The way parents have been spineless in disciplining their kids. When I was growing up you could never drive a wedge between your parents and the teacher. Now the parents always back their precious darlings, and thats why you have grade inflation and kids who leave school without knowing anything. Its not the kids fault that he doesnt know anything. Its the teachers fault. Thats not helping our country. Being brought up this way is going to lead these kids to ruin. Of course, theyre not all brought up the same way. I dont think in the middle of the country theyre raising their kids like that. I saw Mario Lopez got in trouble, did you see that?

I didnt. I saw this headline: Mario Lopez Apologizes. It was this groveling apology to the L.G.B.T.Q. community. You know what the problem was? They asked him about this trend in Hollywood of letting your 3-year-old decide their gender and Mario Lopez said maybe 3 is a little young for that decision.13 Monster!

This is making me think of when you had Dr. Debra Soh14 on the show talking about gender dysphoria, and you were pointing to what you see as the problem of parental permissiveness towards gender identification and transitioning. You were saying that parents let their kids gender reidentify because its easier than telling them not to. That seemed pretty glib. It was.

Its a bit hard to imagine that parents who support a childs transitioning are doing it because they think its the easier path. Thats not true. I know people whove done it, and that is exactly what it is. They never discipline their kids. They think theyre making it easier by giving the kid what they want. I mean, youre right, what I said was glib, but I am serving many masters. Real Time is an entertainment show on an entertainment network, and Im a comedian. Not everything I say can stand up to the scrutiny of the ultimate fact-check. But I think that there is some truth to this. There are kids and this is what Dr. Soh was saying and I wasnt disagreeing with who have transitioned who were really just gay. I dont think its the worst thing in the world to wait a few years to find out whats going on. Im not a doctor. Im not a scientist. But if I had a kid I would tell them: As long as youre living under my roof youre not cutting anything off. Until youre 18. Then you cut off whatever you want. Here I am, being glib again.

Whats something encouraging to you about millennials? And whats the most disappointing thing about your own generation? Aside from ruining the world environmentally. Weve left a dark, stinking husk of a planet, havent we? My generation started this mess. The Baby Boomers were the first Me generation. They were the first spoiled kids. There definitely was more discipline, but there was also more indulgence, and that seemed to continue on and on. So I think we have to look in the mirror as to when that trend started. As for the most encouraging thing about millennials, its idealism. You need people to look at anything with a fresh pair of eyes. That sort of idealism is essential to temper the necessary cynicism.

And you dont see any idealism in the identity politics of younger people? I dont know how thats connected to idealism. What Im complaining about is fragility. What Im complaining about is people who were overindulged as children and somehow believe that they should not have to endure even the slightest measure of discomfort.

Im sure Im overly Pollyanna-ish about all this, and obviously not everyone is arguing these issues in good faith, but isnt the root of what youre identifying just peoples attempt to figure out how to get through life with more dignity and less pain? But there are negative repercussions. People get disappeared. When I was a young person the conservatives were the ones who I dont know what youd call it.

Drew hard lines about what was or wasnt culturally acceptable? Thank you, yes. Now its reversed, and I feel like thats backwards. Young people should be the free ones pushing the boundaries and not the ones inhibiting us. Well, Im not a woman, so I could not possibly know that experience. Im not a person of color, so I cant speak about that. Professors are afraid to speak, because what they say, even if its science, might go against the politically correct notion. This is pernicious. Im sorry, but I have to lay that at the doorstep of the far left and the younger generation. Its not the worst thing in the world to hear something you find somewhat offensive. You can turn the channel. Look at something else. Go to a puppet show; youll never be offended.

Im curious about how your own comedy has evolved. Back when you were doing Politically Incorrect you used to do a lot more hubba hubba jokes about women. Its funny you mention that. When I turned 50, I had a talk with my writers and I said, no more Im-in-the-hot-tub-with-twins jokes. Back in the 90s it was a different point of view to say, Im single, and that is not a bad choice. I stood up for that idea and it was not well accepted at the time that you can have children, thats fine, but I do not want them. I was a bit of a militant single person. But when I was 50, I said, Im too old to be doing these jokes. At a certain point its not funny anymore. Its creepy. I never did those kind of jokes again.

Do you still have a stripper pole in your house? Its not in my house.

Guest house? Well, yes. I bought my house in 2001, and in 2004 my next-door neighbor was selling his bachelor pad. He had a small house he lived in, and there was this other little bungalow on the property that I use if I have a party. I dont know how you knew that I had a stripper pole put in.

Let me ask you a nonpolitics, noncomedy question. I know that youre a big Beatles fan. In one of your books you said you could probably do a better job interviewing them than anybody has yet. I definitely could.

So if you could snap your fingers and have Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on your show, what would you ask them? I would love to present my theory as to why the Beatles really broke up. Which is that John Lennon could not keep up in the battle for A-sides. Imagine writing a song as great as Revolution and it loses out to Hey Jude. Thats, I think, why John Lennon didnt want to continue going with the Beatles. I dont think he liked losing. Paul McCartney would never admit that, by the way.

Well, there you go. O.K., back to your work! For more than 25 years youve been going on TV and making jokes about Republicans being hypocritical and corrupt and Democrats being too PC and lacking backbone. Does it ever feel like youre banging your head against a wall? These people dont change. Yes but I never thought that people would hear my jokes and go: Hes right! Ive got to amend my behavior right now. But Im very fortunate as a standup comedian who still goes on the road a lot, because Im always given new material. I had John Boehner jokes, and now I have Mitch McConnell jokes.

I wonder if you could get away with Mad-Libbing your material. Just swap new names into old jokes. I have repurposed junk. I think I had one about Newt Gingrich having the moral compass of an opportunistic infection. Who doesnt that apply to? I have a plethora of material, but if an old joke perfectly fits somewhere Im not above repurposing. You know, John Lennon wrote a song called Child of Nature, and it was a great tune. He repurposed it with different lyrics a few years later as Jealous Guy. Artists are blue jays. We find little scraps here and there and build a nest. Were shameless about it.

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Bill Maher on the Perils of Political Correctness - The New York Times

Eddie Murphy shows you can evolve, apologise and still be funny – The Guardian

Comedy is dying and political correctness is killing it. Nobody can joke about anything any more without triggered liberals screaming racism and cancelling them.

Ill stop there because Im sure you have heard this screed before. Conservatives love complaining about how millennial snowflakes cant take a joke and dont understand edgy humour. In September, for example, the comedian Shane Gillis was dropped from Saturday Night Live after footage surfaced of him making racist, homophobic and misogynistic gags. Gillis responded to the outrage with a non-apology in which he explained that he pushes boundaries and takes risks.

Comedians should obviously push boundaries and take risks. But punching down has never been remotely risky or funny. This isnt a development of our woke era; its a principle the worlds best comics have always acknowledged. Just look at the 30-year-old video of George Carlin that recently went viral. In the clip Carlin criticises bigoted jokes made by his fellow standup Andrew Dice Clay. Comedy has traditionally picked on people in power, Carlin says. Women and gays and immigrants, to my way of thinking, are underdogs. He adds: I think [Clays] core audience is young, white males who are threatened by these groups.

Around the same time that Carlins comments were going viral, the New York Times published a new interview with Eddie Murphy, who is returning to standup. Murphy, 58, told the Times he isnt afraid of current controversies over humour, pointing out that he was picketed for homophobic jokes he made in the 1980s. It took Murphy a long time to apologise for those jokes and the backlash was partly why he stopped doing standup for years. But you know what? He still has a career. Whats more, he says he cringes when he thinks of his old, ignorant material.

So there you are: Murphy is living proof that political correctness hasnt killed comedy. He shows that its perfectly possible to apologise and evolve, even if it takes a while. I hope Gillis is paying attention.

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Live to debate another day not having easy answers is a liberal asset, not a moral failing – The German Times Online

Jeremiads about the state of liberal democracy and its institutions have been the dissonant theme of 2019. The West as a whole is in decline; NATO is obsolete; once proud and powerful parliaments and congresses have been rendered superfluous. Autocratic rulers like Russias Vladimir Putin, Chinas Xi Jinping and North Koreas Kim Jong-un seize the day while Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro seem more inclined to emulate their governance than to stand up for the idea and the practice of liberty and a pluralistic society.

In Germany, the parties at the center are struggling to deal with the growing appeal of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which is less a political body than the manifestation of a hodgepodge of racism, resentment and radical right-wing ideas. The party, barely six years old, has made considerable gains in recent regional elections, finishing second in two states (see page 1) without offering any coherent ideas of how to govern. Their slogans follow the drumbeat of most international far-right movements; they target immigrants and perceived elites while railing against what they refer to as the establishments tyranny of political correctness.

The AfD is built on the cult of the strongman, the crude longing for an authentic leader able and willing to put an end to the tedious game of politics and all the never-ending debating, negotiating and countervailing. They want their followers to believe that politics, the ever-muddy practice of true democracy, is practically and morally depraved and should be replaced by the dogged determination of a chosen one.

Sure enough, the dualistic conception of politics as either a game of eternally bound-to-fail compromise (played by those driven by the desire to debate another day) or ruling by fiat and forever is not an autocratic fad of 2019.

This dualist view of politics is reflected in Samuel Johnsons Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1759, which describes politics as the Science of Government, the art or practice of administering public affairs. Elsewhere in the dictionary, Johnson describes the politician not as an artist but one who is cunning and a man of artifice.

The contemporary German philosopher and political scientist Wolfgang Fach takes a modern view of Johnsons dichotomy. The contrast couldnt be greater: there the divine action, here the devilish actors, he writes in his treatise titled The Disappearance of Politics. Fach denotes the difference as POLITICS (in all caps, because of its quasi-divine nature), understood as the transcendent care of and for the entirety; on the other hand, common politics, engaged in by self-appointed Machiavellian men, whose thinking is engulfed by immoral haggling without prospects.

Fach diagnoses this tendency in all people, no matter their political affiliations: we want to believe in POLITICS, yet we despise the rigmarole of politics and find ever-new ways of forgetting or suppressing the latter, without acknowledging the intertwined nature of the two concepts. We are blinded, Fach notes, by the magic effect of the otherworldly promise.

In this vein, countries long proud of their mature democracies, including Germany since 1949, may be said to be witnessing a rather vulgar re-enchantment of the great political idea by a faction of strongmen in the last 10 years. The promise of transcendence through political action is increasingly secularized. The aspiration to lift up every citizen not to mention refugees from war and poverty around the world is discarded in favor of a more particular promise of salvation. Or, as Adam Gopnik writes in his recent book on the moral adventure of liberalism, A Thousand Small Sanities, everywhere we look, throughout Europe as much as in America, patriotism is being replaced with nationalism, pluralism by tribalism, impersonal justice by the tyrannical whim of autocrats who think only to punish their enemies and reward their hitmen.

Deprived of its universal claim, something once upheld by both liberal and conservative notions of democratic politics, todays strongman politics has embraced and indeed relies on simplistic concepts.

This is not just the ordinary argument for the necessity of expertise, impact analysis and inclusion of a plethora of perceptions in policymaking. The tax code, environmental regulation and government programs of all stripes rarely fit neatly into even the traditional categories of left and right, let alone the cruder ones of good and evil.

Nor is it the assertion that politics just happens to be a complicated technical affair better left to the elites and their dabblings in obscure jargon. The disapproval of political huskers and industry proxies rigging the game for the various 0.1-percenters can be spot-on; look no further than the global financial crisis of 2008, which was brought on by too much deregulation and unsound safeguarding by the state.

What appears to be perplexing about the electoral success of the strongmen is that few of their supporters actually believe their proposed policy ideas will help make their lives better. They share the oft-repeated grievances, the feeling of neglect, the perceived slights by proverbial liberal elites, the assumption that immigrants and minorities have been moved ahead of them to the top of the queue a version of this story is told in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and elsewhere.

The proposed countermeasures, if there are any, like walls, mass deportation or no-deal Brexit, are too expensive, impractical or sometimes even counterproductive.

And yet todays autocratic appeal, following Wolfgang Fachs theory, lies not in the actual substance, and not even in symbolic meaning that is, owning the libs or any other right-wing armchair battle cry.

In 2018, the historical anthropologist Thomas Bauer published a short yet weighty essay on the loss of ambiguity and diversity, The Disambiguation of the World. He traces the story of how modern societies lost their will and their ability to handle or even tolerate pluralist meanings from religion to the arts and politics. In many areas of life, the most attractive spiritual offerings are those promising release from the unnavigable ambiguity of the world. Bauer notes all the impersonal factors for this tendency: bureaucratization, technical advancements, mass-market consumer culture. But he also sees an express will of people to live in a more conclusive world.

Translated back into the world of democratic politics, it becomes clearer why a growing segment of the electorate in Western societies chooses to deny or obfuscate the science of climate change, the fact that minorities still face discrimination or that a strong government must level the playing field of the so-called open market in myriad ways.

In other words, whats needed is the normal, untidy and always tentative business of democracy. Democratic decision-making cannot claim to embody the sole truth such a claim would be counterintuitive to the essence of its undertaking. It is a series of temporary fixes, good only for as long as a new and hopefully better solution doesnt come along.

Compromise is not a sign of the collapse of ones moral conscience. It is a sign of its strength, for there is nothing more necessary to a moral conscience than the recognition that other people have one, too, writes Adam Gopnik. A compromise is a knot tied tight between competing decencies.

On the face of it, this version of democracy will always be less sexy than the siren songs of the strongman. In the struggle for democracy one might say the idea of the republic there is no reverse-engineering the transcendent act of turning politics into POLITICS. Democracys advocates politicians, voters and citizens can only engage in the conciliatory manner that has been lying at the core of the concept since its inception.

Lutz Lichtenbergeris senior editor of The German Times.

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University of Minnesota College Republicans’ mural is vandalized for fourth year in a row – City Pages

This year, the universitys chapter of the College Republicans painted a sort-of homage to Pink Floyd: a grid of brown bricks captioned Donald Trump: The Wall. Each brick contained a reference to one of Trumps accomplishments, such as fighting political correctness, appointed SC Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, undoing Obamas mistakes, and safer borders.

To top it off, the panel also included a small illustration of what appears to be the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an oft-maligned partial quote from Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Some people did something,) and the phrase Keep America Great.

The College Republicans completed their panel on Friday. Almost immediately after they left, it had been tampered with. A picture posted to Reddit shows the panel besmirched with a crude drawing of someone flipping the bird and the caption Fuck shits. Mere hours later, it was completely covered in red and black spray paint, the word BORDERS crossed out, and the caption, White supremacy kills.

This marks the fourth year in a row that the Republican panel has been vandalized. The Minnesota Daily catalogues the years-long tradition, giving a post-mortem on panels containing everything from the slogan, Build the wall to The [universitys] proposed pronoun policy mocks real social issues. One year, during a joint panel between the College Republicans and Turning Point USA, someone called conservatives the least popular minority on campus. Several conservative groups panels got painted over that year.

By all accounts, theyd seen this coming. This year, theyd even painted a second panel with the caption, Please vandalize this panel and NOT our other panel. It was decorated with saccharine hearts and smiley faces and the phrase, This is a safe space.

College Republicans invited potential vandals to focus on this mural rather than their "wall" tribute. Twitter

While we are obviously upset about this situation, we are not surprised, the groups newsletter said. This sort of thing happens every year, but what was special about this year was that they had the gall to do this in broad daylight in front of hundreds of people.

Chapter Chair Nathan Harman wrote a lettercondemning what he saw as the ugliest type of disagreement and closed-minded thinking: one that equates dissent to sin and that seeks censorship over discourse.

The group was a little glibber on Twitter.

Reactions on social media werent exactly sympathetic.

Thoughts and prayers, one Reddit user said.

Womp womp, someone added helpfully on Twitter.

Keep putting it up itll keep getting vandalized, another Twitter user said.

Other commenters were confused about what the College Republicans were expecting or what they thought they were accomplishing in the first place.

When will you all get it? one Twitter user asked. Your opinions arent valid or welcome, especially when you endorse and defend the racist rhetoric of your party and do nothing to speak to the concerns of students. Like, what do you people think youre doing?

I cant imagine being 21, seeing the modern Republican party and going, yeah, this is for me, one Reddit user said.

Its true Democrats by and large have a bigger claim over millennials by the numbers, and the up-and-coming Gen Z has proven to be similar. In 2017, the Pew Research Center determined that 59 percent of millennials whod registered to vote leaned left, while 32 percent leaned right. Both Gen X and the Boomers tend to be more split down the middle.

Harman gets it, to a degree. He understands there is a burning distaste on campus for the president and the current trajectory of the party, and even agrees that some of the things Trump has done such as brag about grabbing women by the pussy should not be excused.

I dont want to defend Donald Trump on the same panel where we criticize Ilhan Omar, because hes said some awful things, he says. What he wants is for people to think about why they believe what they believe, and where their facts are coming from.

When asked about what he and others see in the party these days, he talks about a potential future for the GOP. Younger Republicans, he says, are not like their conservative grandparents some are pro-choice, or queer, or anti-Trump. His hope is that the party is going to trend in a more socially-conscious, inclusive direction while still maintaining its fiscally responsible roots.

Even though today it is hard sometimes to talk over some of the more populist members of the party, hes hopeful cooler heads will win out in the end.

But when students walked by the mural, they didnt see a hopeful spectrum of socially progressive Republicans. All they saw was the Omar quote, a drawing of a plane sailing toward the Twin Towers, and a list of some things Trump has done. Student Nick Knighton, one of the protesters sitting by the mural pre-vandalization, told the Daily he saw rhetoric that fuels acts of white supremacy and violence across the country.

The story has since been picked up by conservative outlets like the College Fix and Breitbart, where commenters called the vandals fascists and vile animals, and asserted the left is the enemy.

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Climate desk: Down With Green Hypocrisy & Hype

From politicians who fly in private jets but tell the rest of us to consider a world without planes to activists preaching that America has to cripple our economy while posting on their iPhones made in China, its clear that the climate-change movement is full of hypocrites, fumes Scott Walker at The Washington Examiner. But what about their hyped claims? Relax: The world is not going to end in 12 years, even though hypocrites like Al Gore will keep using massive amounts of energy. What the greens really want is to change the nature of the entire economy, as a former AOC staffer all but admitted. Keep that in mind the next time you see a climate-change protest in the news.

Economy watch: NY Feds Flawed Wage Report

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently published a report pooh-poohing the impact of Gov. Cuomos 2013-2018 minimum-wage hikes on employment in Empire State counties bordering Pennsylvania. But those findings were deeply flawed, argues the Empire Centers E.J. McMahon. In fact, the regions job numbers were inflated by major job-creating casinos in two of those counties and by the inclusion of prosperous Big Apple exurb of Orange County, which differs greatly from nearby counties in both states. Allowing for these factors, job losses in the New York counties relative to the Pennsylvania ones were worse than painted. Far from a slam-dunk case for raising the minimum wage, the study was a quickie and all too simplistic. The report itself noted, Longer-term effects, if any, remain to be seen.

Conservative: Impeachers Beclown Themselves

In general, muses Roger Kimball at American Greatness, one tends to admire perseverance. But Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Get-Trump media edging toward impeachment are making fools of themselves. After all, they spent nearly three years pushing wall-to-wall lies about Donald Trump colluding with the Russians to no avail. They tried the same thing, twice, against Brett Kavanaugh. Again, nothing. Now they are back to trying to unseat a duly elected president again in vain, since voters know the score: A sliver of the population the antifa thugs, the Hollywood brats, the media sissies, the beautiful people with expensive degrees and, of course, the radical fringe of the Democratic Party all refused to accept the results of the last election. Still, Kimball concludes, to recognize their impotence isnt to play down the threat these forces pose to what we used to be able to call, without irony, the American dream.

Iconoclast: Shall We Impeach Trump?

The Weeks Matthew Walther recounts an old Northumbrian joke involving jurors debating the meanings of the words will and shall in the cry of a drowning man: I will drown, and nobody shall save me! Only one juror, McTavish, wonders why nobody bothered rescuing the poor fellow. The case for impeaching Trump may likewise turn, in part, on a grammatical curiosity. At a House hearing last week, Democrats grilled Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire over his supposed failure to submit a whistleblower report to Congress. The relevant whistleblower law says that the DNI shall submit his findings to Congress. But does shall here imply futurity with an additional element of promise or intention, or is it denoting plain old facts about the future? Depending on the legal authority you consult, shall in statutory language could mean may or must. Walther shrugs: We need a McTavish.

Culture beat: Who Killed the Sitcom?

A recent Slate piece examined the current state of comedy, and somehow the author came to the conclusion that were much, much funnier than we used to be, guffaws Mitchell Blue at the Federalist. In fact, Todays sitcoms, which feature political correctness or flashy costume design instead of humor, are simply not as funny as past sitcoms as Netflix and other streaming services that are paying about a half a billion dollars to air old shows know. But why? The biggest culprit is cancel culture, exemplified by SNLs firing of comedian Shane Gillis before hed started on the show because his humor included racial stereotypes. Perhaps people will find out how to be funny again one day, but for now, it sure seems like everyone is afraid to try.

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The majority of Hollywood elites tend to echo progressive thought, but there are a few out there who have turned their backs on politically correct culture.

Since President Donald Trump took office in 2016, some celebrities have shown support and some have kept quiet. Heres a list of celebrities who may have the same conservative views as you.

KISS member Gene Simmons showed his support for Trump during the 2016 election. He told Rolling Stone that Trump was good for the political system.

Trump is not a politician, Simmons said. He does not need your money, and he will speak his mind, God damn it, whether you like it or not. And he has no problem saying, F off. I like that. Even if I disagree.

This Happy Days star has also voiced his support from Trump. Scott Baio openly voiced support for Trump and has praised the way the President communicates with the people of the United States.

We need Donald Trump to fix this. Is Donald Trump a messiah? Baio said during a speech at the RNC in July of 2016. No, hes just a man, a man who wants to give back to his country, America, the country that has given him everything.

Country singer Loretta Lynn told Reuters back in January of 2016 that Trump was the only one whos going to turn this country around.

Lynn is not the only one who believed in Trumps dream of making America great again. UFC president Dana White showed his support for the then presidential candidate during the RNC in 2016.

Lets be honest folks, we need somebody who believes in this country, we need somebody whos proud of this country and who will fight for this country, he said at the time. Donald Trump is a fighter and I know he will fight for this country.

Big names in the NFL have also shown their conservative sides. Retired Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka voiced support for Trump during the 2016 election.

I think he, sometimes hes gotta think a little bit more before he says things, but I think hes on the right track, Ditka once told the Chicago Sun-Times. I think that he has the fire in his belly to make America great again and probably do it the right way. I do like him, yes. I do like him.

Singer Kid Rock has also been incredibly open about his political views. In 2012, Kid Rock endorsed Mitt Romney. Since Trumps election, the All Summer Long singer has been supportive of the President, attending multiple events held at the White House.

Most recently, Kid Rock worked alongside Trump to have the Music Modernization Act signed into law. In 2018, the rock star also started a campaign for the Michigan Republican Senate seat.

While director Clint Eastwood never endorsed Trump for President, he admitted he did appreciate Trumps ability to shy away from political correctness.

What Trump is onto is hes just saying whats on his mind, Eastwood said during an Esquire interview. And sometimes its not so good. And sometimes its I mean, I can understand where hes coming from, but I dont always agree with it.

Speaking of conservative celebrities, you cant leave out those who dont directly support the President, but might have some conservative values.

For example, take reality TV star Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. He once spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conferencewhere he received the Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who used to identify as a conservative, though he claims hes now a registered independent, has considered making a political run. A push for the movie star to run for President began before the 2016 election, and caught the attention of The Rock.

In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it, Johnson said during an interview with Variety in December of 2017. Thats where Im at right now Im well aware politics is not the business Im in, so the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can. Im continuing to watch our presidency and watch how every new development is handled.

Pop singer Jessica Simpson has also not voiced any opinions on the current President, however she has been vocal about her conservative views in the past. The These Boots Are Made For Walkin singer was reportedly once a registered Republican, and endorsed George Bush during his run for the presidency, according to Vanity Fair.

Lastly, actor Ashton Kutcher, who grew up in Iowa, identifies as a democrat, but has expressed an understanding of conservative ideals in the past. Kutcher claimed that the conservative audience wasnt really being represented in Hollywood.

I think right now, in particular, [Conservative America] is a really underserved audience Kutcher said in an interview about Netflix show The Ranch published by GQ in 2016. People tend to write about what they know about. These writers live in Los Angeles, they live in New York and they live in the big cities and they generally have relatively liberal perspectives.

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BARD: In Whitewashing Islamism, Some K-12 Programs Advance Jihad – The Daily Wire

You may have read about the proposed ethnic studies curriculum developed for California public high schools, which caused an uproar because of its biased treatment of Jews and Israel, support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel, and fear that it fomented anti-Semitism. That is one of many battles over curricula as Islamists attempt to rewrite history and erase any mention of Islamic extremism.

The Islamophobia industry is engaged in a systemic effort to whitewash the history of Islam and perpetuate the myth that Islam has always been nothing but peaceful toward non-adherents. These propagandists seek to silence and smear their critics as Islamophobic.

We have seen this effort across college campuses, which have received nearly $3 billion since 2012 from Arab/Muslim states and individuals who hope to influence the next generation of Americans to adopt their view of Middle East geopolitics. These investments have paid off via the hiring of apologists for Islamist terror who teach, write textbooks, and serve as sources for the media.

Historian Martin Kramer has noted how American scholars have made a deliberate effort to turn Islam into a pacifist faith a kind of oriental Quakerism.

Equally disturbing, as I wrote in my book The Arab Lobby, is an increasing effort to shape the views of children from kindergarten through high school. The 9/11 terror attacks provoked fear and misunderstanding about Muslims and Islam, while political correctness allowed the lobby to present its sanitized version of events aimed at downplaying Arab/Muslim distinctions, ignoring differences in values and interests, and dismissing links between radical Islam and terror.

U.S. taxpayers underwrite some of these efforts through government-funded Title VI Middle East Studies centers at major universities. Todays Islamophobia lobby has an exponential impact through these centers, whose mandate is to educate teachers about the region. As Ive documented, as part of their obligation to engage in outreach, these Title VI-affiliated centers often produce materials that reflect the lobbys views. Teachers then pass on these views to their students.

Advancing the same politicized agenda that rules academia, Islamist organizations have allied with left-wing interest groups and pressured publishers to revise textbooks to better reflect multicultural ideologies. The result is a reluctance to discuss negative aspects of sharia law (such as the discriminatory treatment of non-believers, women, and gays), the role of radical Islam in pervading terrorism, and the Islamist animus toward the United States, Israel, and the West. A 2008 study by Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra concluded:

Discovering in our schools a pervasive set of erroneous beliefs about such a vital topic should alarm every taxpayer, every parent, and every school official. To allow biased textbooks and outright propaganda in supplemental materials into the schools is to pervert the very purpose of public education and a misuse of our democratic system.

One such battle occurring in Virginias Loudoun County centers around the misrepresentation of the meaning of jihad. Loudouns presentation of jihad and Islamic terrorism were criticized for bias. While it is understandable that American Muslims would not want their religion associated with radicalism, teaching that jihad is a wholly benign concept related to a believers internal struggle distorts the terms meaning by ignoring its relationship to extremism, even as terrorist organizations such as Palestine Islamic Jihad use the very word itself to convey their malignant mission.

As Middle East scholar Bernard Lewis once explained: Conventionally translated holy war, [jihad] has the literal meaning of striving in the path of God (fi sabil Allah). Some Muslim theologians have interpreted the duty of striving in the path of God in a spiritual and moral sense. The overwhelming majority of early authorities discuss jihad in military terms.

The Islamophobia lobby could veto Lewis, a Jew smeared by critics as a Western-oriented propagandist. But textbook authors could also cite the medieval Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun, who wrote: In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the (Muslim) mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.

Students can find a more contemporary definition in the Encyclopaedia of Islam, where Emile Tyan wrote: Jihad consists of military action with the object of the expansion of Islam.

Learning the meaning of jihad is also key for students to understand the Middle East today, where the commitment to jihad by terrorist organizations such as Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hamas perpetuates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Students should learn, for example, that Palestine Islamic Jihad considers jihad the only way to liberate Palestine. A Tel Aviv University analysis explains how the group believes that a Muslim victory and the elimination of Israel are foreordained by Gods words in the Quran.

By reading primary documents, students can see for themselves the true meaning of jihad. To understand the ideology of Hamas, teachers can direct them to the groups charter, which states that [t]here is no solution for the Palestine question except through jihad and calls on Muslims to raise the banner of jihad to rid the land and the people of their uncleanliness, vileness and evils.

American public schools could also use material taught about Islam in Muslim schools. A study of Saudi textbooks, for example, found that many encourage both violent and non-violent jihad against non-believers.

A Palestinian textbook for eleventh graders offered a definition of jihad very different from the one proposed for Loudoun school children: Jihad is an Islamic term that equates to the term war in other nations. The difference is that jihad has noble goals and lofty aims and is carried out only for the sake of Allah and for His glory.

Unquestionably, students should learn more about Islam. But they should learn it from unbiased sources, not from apologists for Islamism. It is a disservice, and intellectually dishonest, to teach them a sanitized version of history that whitewashes the extremist elements of the religion. If the Islamophobia lobby has its way, the next generation will grow up unaware and unprepared to face the danger from Islamists who threaten American lives, values, and interests.

Mitchell Bard, a Campus Watch Fellowwith the Middle East Forum,is the author/editor of 22 books, including the 2017 edition of Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict,The Arab Lobby,and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine.

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Stu Heritage: Im raising my sons to be the very best feminists – Marie Claire UK

Author and Guardian columnist Stuart Heritage knows all too well how toxic masculinity has had a detrimental effect on womens fight for gender equality, freedom from sexual harassment and womens rights. So hes laying down the ground rules for his sons as they grow up in a post #metoo world

Words by Stuart Heritage

Hello! If youre anything like me, youll be waking up in the middle of night worrying about climate change, plastic pollution and why the world is such a horrible place. Ive just written a book called Bedtime Stories for Worried Liberals, a collection of short funny stories about this. One of the stories is called The Man Who Couldnt Even Hug Anyone Any More, about a middle-aged white man (well, Im 39 now) struggling to adapt in a post #MeToo world. While writing, I realised that traditional masculinity is responsible for a huge slice of the worlds ills. So, heres my letter to my two young sons, about how Id like them to grow up

Dear sons,

Im sorry. This is all my fault. Had you been born at literally any other point in human history, you would have had the run of the place by now. As a pair of boys and relatively white boys at that the whole world has always been purpose built for your needs from the ground up.

Seriously, it was crazy what people like us used to get away with. We had all the money and all the power. If we wanted to go around groping women, we could. If we wanted to go out to work and leave our wives to stay at home and raise the kids, we could. Get this: if we wanted to own a new country, we used to just find one and tell everyone that it was ours. We did it all the time! And people actually let us! Isnt that nuts? This is the world you could have been born into.

But no. I met your mum too late, and you were born too late, and now thats all disappeared. We live in a post #MeToo world now, and Im afraid to say that theyre on to us. Youre the first generation of men in history who wont get to swan around doing whatever they like without fear of reprisal. I know. Its my fault. Im sorry.

This basically leaves you with two options. The first is to rail against your predicament, spluttering that equality is a sign of political correctness gone mad and that white men are actually now the real minority. Id advise against this, though, on the basis that itll make you look like a right tit. Your other choice, however, is to try and figure out how to be good, strong, considerate men in the world. Hopefully your mother and I have already shown you how to do this. But heres a reminder, just in case:

Being a man can suck sometimes. Our role models have always been strong and silent. Were taught to push our feelings all the way down to the pit of our stomach. Were told to man up. And this is devastating. If we dont talk about it, all our sadness and frustration at the world will have nowhere to go, and it ends up coming out in horrible ways. Sometimes it makes us hurt other people. Sometimes it makes us hurt ourselves. Youve seen me swear at strangers in the car before, so you can probably see Ive still got some work to do in this area. But I want you both to know that you can talk to me about your feelings. Im always going to be here for you.

You are both such beautiful, weird, tender little boys. Im proud of how thoughtful and sensitive you are, and I never want you stop being yourselves. But the day is bound to come when men will start bullying you to be more like them. Maybe theyll take against your all-consuming infatuation with bowhead whales. Maybe theyll knock the books out of your hands and tease you for not liking sport. This happened to me, and I ended up caving in to their demands; my entire school life was essentially spent pretending to understand football. Id love for you to be able to do better than me. You dont need to bow to the rigid demands of masculinity. You can like anything you want to like. You can wear whatever you want to wear. You can love whoever you want to love. Stick up for yourselves. Be better than me. And, if you cant be better than me, do what I do and use Facebook to see how badly all your old classmates have screwed up their lives. Its a lot of fun, I promise.

This is a big one. If I believe anything at all, its this. Instagram is full of people who think the best way to teach a three-year-old how to be decent is to photograph them holding a book about feminism that was written for 15-year-olds. Its infuriating. That isnt how children learn. They learn by watching and mimicking their role models. When you both grow up to be decent men, I hope that itll be in part because you saw me trying my hardest to be a good man. There are studies showing that children with engaged fathers have better cognitive development and more satisfactory relationships. Just by watching me cook dinner every night, for example, youre subconsciously learning not to believe in traditional gender roles. Youll grow up smart and self-reliant, and less likely to push the burden of emotional labour onto your partners. And your kids, if you have them, will see you doing it and theyll grow up to be even better than you. This is how change works. I guess what Im trying to say and I want you to read this slowly, so it really sinks in is that Im pretty bloody amazing

As I write this, youre both incredibly into superheroes. You call them brave heroes, which is actually quite adorable. But try to remember that superheroes arent brave. Batman isnt brave; hes a bored billionaire with nothing to live for. The Hulk isnt brave; hes just strong and stupid. Superman isnt brave; hes literally an invincible godhead from another planet. To truly be brave is to feel sad or scared, but find the strength to carry on anyway. Youre both already so brave: you were brave on your first day of nursery, and on your first day of school, and when you shouted down the bigger boys who pushed you at soft play, and when you saw that dead crab on the beach that time. If you can keep this spirit of bravery alive within you for your entire life then, my god, youll turn out to be great men.

I mean, youd think that this one is just common sense. But it bears repeating. Do not, under any circumstances, send a picture of your dick to a stranger on the internet. Its weird and gross. Final warning.

I love you both so much

Dad

PS. I swear to god, though, if youre still waking me up at four thirty every morning when you read this, Im cutting you out of my will.

Stus book Bedtime Stories For Worried Liberals, is out Thur 3 Oct, 7.19 (hardback) on Amazon normal RRP 9.99, published by Profile

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Does Trudeau’s brownface photo end absolute political correctness? – Estevan Mercury

Perhaps, just perhaps, we have seen the end of the expectation of absolute, lifetime political correctness in Canada.

Surely we must, for the only solution otherwise would be for the Liberal Party of Canada to expel its leader, Justin Trudeau, the incumbent prime minister, in the middle of a federal election campaign.

Live by the sword, die by the sword, to paraphrase Matthew 26:52.

Im pissed off at myself, Trudeau said on his airplane in the evening of Sept. 18 in a hastily called press conference. This was after Time magazine published a school yearbook photo from 2000-01. In that photo, a 29-year-old school teacher named Justin Trudeau, teaching at an elite private school, wore brownface and a turban to an Arabian Nights-themed costume party. He also had his darkened hand draped across the neck of an attractive woman.

How could he? Shouldnt he have known the implications in the 21st century of ever doing something that could be considered wrong, in any way, shape or form? Of being risqu, or making some form of off-colour joke, of being anything but perfectly politically correct?

Didnt he know that any past action could be punished, severely, and without significant recourse, with no forgiveness? That all are to be perfect from the cradle to today?

How times has he written the political obituary of those whom have erred in some manner or another? Be it a tweet or some allegation, unproven in court? How many candidates have been dropped or not even considered due to a social media post? How many MPs, of his party and others, have been flambed at the stake of perfect political correctness?

Does the standard, the immediate political banishment Justin Trudeau has applied to so many others, apply to all? Or is that just a standard for everyone not named Trudeau?

Trudeau, and he alone, has to bear the consequences of his actions, and I dont mean for what he did some 19 years ago. If he expected others to fall on their swords for any past moment of impropriety, then he should do the same. If not, his apologies should not only extend to those offended, but those who he has punished for similar or lesser offences.

This event should spell the end of the 21st century requirement that everyone be perfectly politically correct for their entire lives, with no record existing anywhere of any bad behaviour, or, to use Trudeaus own terms in sacking two Liberal MPs, serious personal misconduct.

Every time he called someone else out for their politically incorrect behaviour in the past, was he thinking in the back of his mind, I hope to God that no one digs up that yearbook?

The Liberal government has been apologizing for all the wrongs of the last 152 years of confederation, based on todays current sensibilities. Now he is being judged for something that happened long ago.

Will he step down? In the middle of an election? As the incumbent prime minister?

I wrote a column back in 2017 about how Winston Churchill, the man who saved Britain from Nazi Germany, would never be electable today. He was a racist, through and through, and didnt have much respect for those with coloured skin. Sound familiar? But wait, theres more.

Churchill was an imperialist, and truly felt England should rule a large chunk of the world (see above on racism). The man had issues with Ghandi. Yes, that Ghandi!

He was an elitist who apparently, not once in his life, drew his own bath, and always had servants. He grew up the son of one of the most prominent parliamentarians of his respective age. Churchill was a chauvinist and sexist. Any one of his cracks made to or about women would today sink him as soon as it hit Twitter. Trudeau would surely have expelled him.

As I wrote back then, by todays standards, Churchill was deeply flawed, politically incorrect to the extreme. One social media search would sink his chances of ever getting elected again. There is not forgiveness for flaw of any type in todays society.

Now, Im not saying that Justin Trudeau is Winston Churchill. But I am saying that no one, but no one, is without sin. No one can attain the point of political correctness perfection modern society demands. Justin Trudeau has been the high priest of the temple of political correctness worship.

So that really leaves us with just two outcomes.

Either Justin Trudeau resigns as leader, and resigns from the Liberal caucus, essentially forfeiting the election, or the reign of terror of political correctness ends, now. We cannot have both. Our society must come to the realization that all people have made errors, that they are flawed, but are not beyond redemption.

Either the impossible standards are applied to all, or we become Biblical about this.

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7, KJV

Justin Trudeau has cast many a stone.

Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net.

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Bill Burr’s "Paper Tiger" is a Roaring Dragon Against Political Correctness – The Libertarian Republic

If you thought Dave Chapelles: Sticks and Stones was just what America needed, then buckle up buttercup because Bill Burrs new comedy special Paper Tiger kicks it to overdrive.

Burr slays many of the progressive worlds sacred cows as he addresses everything from the insane turns the Me Too Movement has taken to cultural appropriation. If you are one who is easily offended this isnt for you, but if you need a break from the crazy Im offended by everything culture that has gripped our world over the past several years.

I highly recommend it.

Burr started off talking about how people were upset by Bryan Cranston playing a quadriplegic in his new film The Upside and that the idea of having a quadriplegic play in the role was ridiculous because it wouldnt be acting, So tell us, what did you do to prepare for the role? Well I dove headfirst into a pool when I was 23, I feel like Ive been preparing for this role my entire life,, Burr said.

Burr also points out the illogical thinking behind the modern feminist movement and how something like the Me Too movement which began with good intentions has turned into a witch hunt that would ruin a mans life as due process has been entirely replaced by a womans accusation of sexual assault against a man.

Burr jokes about how he was sexually assaulted by a woman while playing a private event. Bill says the woman who he followed while playing the event flipped him in the penis in a bullying manner, but how he couldnt say anything because he would be shamed and nobody would believe his story. In a laughable way he points out the double standard that feminists champion.

What I love about comedy it often takes certain stereotypes and points them out in a way that everyone can see how ridiculous they are. Burr does this in an excellent way when he discusses how his wife, who is black, got upset while they were watching a documentary on Elvis Presley. Burr says his wife got upset, as the man who discovered Elvis said the reason he became the King of Rock N Roll was because he was a white man who successfully blended white bluegrass music with the blues. Burr says his wife claimed Elvis was only successful because he was a white man who culturally appropriated Black music.

He countered his wifes statement by pointing out how he doesnt get upset at her when she attempts to ride a skateboard. Do I get mad at you when you get a skateboard and start going down the f*cking street? Do I get all offended like, hey man thats the white shit, stop appropriating my culture, some dirty white kid in Santa Monica came up with that, Burr said.

Burr finishes out his special talking about discussing potential problems that we are creating in our world by the abuse of technology. He particularly addresses how using something like a blowup sex doll used to be taboo, and now people are creating incredibly realistic sex robots and how it could potentially lead to people no longer wanting to have sex with each other, which would then lead to a war between the sex robots and hipsters with Civil War beards in Star Wars costumes.

The beauty of comedy is that it pushes boundaries and forces us to look at how utterly ridiculous we can be as people. Comedy takes hard topics that need to be discussed in our society and make them easier to talk about because they introduce an element of humor. Comedy is good for humanity because it forces us not to take ourselves so serious 24/7. Humor is one of the spices of life that makes life more vibrant and worth living instead of a dull and miserable existence.

It is indeed refreshing to see comics like Bill Burr and Dave Chapelle who refuse to let the PC police march us to our own doom as a society. Burrs Paper Tiger is certainly not a hidden dragon when it comes to humor. It will leave you roaring with laughter which contrasts starkly with the bleak walls of the politically correctness.

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Column: Does Trudeau’s brownface photo spell the end of absolute political correctness? – Pipeline News

Perhaps, just perhaps, we have seen the end of the expectation of absolute, lifetime political correctness in Canada.

Surely we must, for the only solution otherwise would be for the Liberal Party of Canada to expel its leader, Justin Trudeau, the incumbent prime minister, in the middle of a federal election campaign.

Live by the sword, die by the sword, to paraphrase Matthew 26:52.

Im pissed off at myself, Trudeau said on his airplane in the evening of Sept. 18 in a hastily called press conference. This was after Time magazine published a school yearbook photo from 2000-2001. In that photo, a 29-year-old school teacher named Justin Trudeau, teaching at an elite private school, wore brownface and a turban to an Arabian Nights-themed costume party. He also had his darkened hand draped across the neck of an attractive woman.

How could he? Shouldnt he have known what the implications in the 21st century of ever doing something that could be considered wrong, in any way, shape or form? Of being risqu, or making some form of off-colour joke, of being anything but perfectly politically correct?

Didnt he know that any past action could be punished, severely, and without significant recourse, with no forgiveness? That all are to be perfect from the cradle to today?

How times has he written the political obituary of those whom have erred in some manner or other? Be it a tweet or some allegation, unproven in court? How many candidates have been dropped or not even considered due to a social media post? How many MPs, of his party and others, have been flambeed at the stake of perfect political correctness?

Does the standard, the immediate political banishment Justin Trudeau has applied to so many others, apply to all? Or is that just a standard for everyone not named Trudeau?

Trudeau, and he alone, has to bear the consequences of his actions, and I dont mean for what he did some 19 years ago. If he expected others to fall on their swords for any past moment of impropriety, then he should do the same. If not, his apologies should not only extend to those offended, but those who he has punished for similar or lesser offences.

This event should spell the end of the 21st century requirement that everyone be perfectly politically correct for their entire lives, with no record existing anywhere of any bad behaviour, or, to use Trudeaus own terms in sacking two Liberal MPs, serious personal misconduct.

Every time he called someone else out for their politically incorrect behaviour in the past, was he thinking in the back of his mind, I hope to God that no one digs up that yearbook?

The Liberal government has been apologizing for all the wrongs of the last 152 year of confederation, based on todays current sensibilities. Now he is being judge for something that happened long ago.

Will he step down? In the middle of an election? As the incumbent prime minister?

I wrote a column back in 2017 about how Winston Churchill, the man who saved Britain from Nazi Germany, would never be electable today. He was a racist, through and through, and didnt have much respect for those with coloured skin. Sound familiar? But wait, theres more.

Churchill was an imperialist, and truly felt England should rule a large chunk of the world (see above on racism). The man had issues with Ghandi! Yes, that Ghandi!

He was an elitist who apparently, not once in his life, drew his own bath, and always had servants. He grew up the son of one of the most prominent parliamentarians of his respective age. Churchill was a chauvinist and sexist. Any one of his cracks made to or about women would today sink him as soon as it hit Twitter. Trudeau would surely have expelled him.

As I wrote back then, by todays standards, Churchill was deeply flawed, politically incorrect to the extreme. One social media search would sink his chances of ever getting elected again. There is not forgiveness for flaw of any type in todays society.

Now, Im not saying that Justin Trudeau is Winston Churchill. But I am saying that no one, but no one, is without sin. No one can attain the point of political correctness perfection modern society demands. Justin Trudeau has been the high priest of the temple of political correctness worship.

So that really leaves us with just two outcomes.

Either Justin Trudeau resigns as leader, and resigns from the Liberal caucus, essentially forfeiting the election, or the reign of terror of political correctness ends, now. We cannot have both. Our society must come to the realization that all people have made errors, that they are flawed, but are not beyond redemption.

Either the impossible standards are applied to all, or we become Biblical about this.

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7, KJV

Justin Trudeau has cast many a stone.

Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net.

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The war against meat – Washington Times

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The 2020 election cycle has witnessed some of the most bizarre proposals from Democratic candidates. From free health care for illegal immigrants to calls for the confiscation of AR-15s, 2020 Democrats are in a constant competition to outdo themselves in putting forward outlandish proposals.

One particular plan that has gained tremendous momentum on the left has been the campaign against meat. What started out as a movement only confined to animal rights and plant-based living circles has now entered mainstream political discussion. In fact, the talk about reducing meat consumption has gotten so shrill that Fox News host Tucker Carlson has chimed in about the matter.

In one of his latest episodes of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Mr. Carlson asserted the left is highly neurotic about food. A bold claim to say the least.

However, clips from his show demonstrate that the Fox News host is not so off base. From Kamala Harris to Andrew Yang, most candidates in the recent debates were in favor of reducing meat consumption in some form.

Mr. Yang and Elizabeth Warren linked meat eating to global warming. Mr. Yang believes that cutting back on meat consumption is good for the environment, its good for your health if you eat less meat. Certainly meat is an expensive thing to produce.

Ms. Warren added, there are a lot of ways that we try to change our energy consumption Some of it is with lightbulbs, some of it is on straws, some of it, dang, is on cheeseburgers, right?

The linkage of meat consumption to global warming has gained momentum ever since the Green New Deals rollout earlier this year by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Besides the blatant calls for the government to play a larger role in the economy by subsidizing clean energy and enacting new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, snuck inside the Green New Deal are plans to reduce meat consumption. All of this is in the name of fighting global warming.

Such a campaign marks a golden opportunity to double dip and rail against politically correct hobby horses. Indeed, the War on Meat can be seen as one theater of the political correctness wars being launched across the West to demonize otherwise normal activities for offending the sensibilities of PC gatekeepers in legacy institutions. Meat consumption is not only being connected to global warming but has also been tied to the bogeyman of white privilege.

For the activist left, politicizing everything from the television we watch to the food we eat, is paramount. This way, they can get our already massive administrative state to further infringe upon the basic property rights and the rights of association of millions of consumers nationwide. The meat bashing of the last debate has people wondering how 2020 candidates will reach their lofty goal of lower meat consumption. Looking at the Green New Deal would be a good place to start. The Green New Deals FAQ sheet details the differing approaches to achieving 100% clean and renewable energy and 100% renewable energy.

For the Green New Dealers, emissions from farting cows are the principal obstacle toward realizing the goal of a purely clean and renewable energy source. Although this assertion elicited widespread cackling across the Internet, the implications of such a claim are quite disturbing.

But how will the meat consumption be reduced?

If history shows anything, government-sponsored slaughter programs are likely the solution to this problem. And this is not a baseless political speculation. A trip down memory lane shows how in the original New Deal during the 1930s, the federal government presided over the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, which carried out emergency livestock reductions.

At the time, New Dealers argued there was an oversupply of pigs which depressed livestock prices. In a zealous fashion, the government started buying and sending millions of livestock straight to the slaughterhouse. Historian Tom Woods recounts that the AAA slaughtered some six million pigs with the intent of trying to keep prices up during the Great Depression.

The Green New Deal and 2020 Democrats proposals to slash meat consumption are lacking in policy specifics. However, the ideological background many of these proponents hints at a potential government mandate. For all we know, mandatory slaughters may be resurrected.

Appealing to science has become fashionable for political elites who desperately want to take action on political topics like climate change. Cliche expressions like the science is settled serve to silence any kind of dissent and facilitate the passage of legislation.

But if we want to remain faithful to the scientific process, we must be ready to do extensive inquiry and debate. Often times, the science is not so settled after all. Especially in the case of meat consumption and its relation to global warming.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates greenhouse gas emissions coming from livestock and their manure only constitute 2 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Furthermore, the connection between livestock activity and global warming has been disputed by Virginia Tech and USDA-ARS. They concluded the elimination of livestock from agriculture production would merely decrease U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2.6 percent or 3.6 percemt.

We should always remember that science is a process, which is subject to change. It is not always settled. Quickly jumping to conclusions and mixing politics makes for bad policy decisions in the long-term. What we need is more rigorous inquiry and a desire to find ways to solve problems through civil society and market means, not the legislative process.

When discussing meat consumption, were talking about an activity millions of people peacefully partake in. Any form of government intervention would affect millions of lives. The world of government intervention is filled with unintended consequences that even the original drafters of legislation could never even account for. So, we should always tread lightly when trying to get the state involved in private affairs.

There are valid questions to ask about the ethics of meat production and how livestock are treated. But this belongs in the domain of civil society, where individuals and organizations are free to raise awareness and inform consumers about the consequences of these activities.

Getting the state involved in our food just opens the door for abuse and increased politicization of our daily lives, which are already sufficiently flooded with politics as it is. For once, lets have some lengthy discussions that come up with solutions that dont have to involve laws or bureaucratic ordinances. Free individuals are capable of finding a way to solve these problems.

Lets give that a try instead.

Jose Nino is a Venezuelan-American freelance writer.

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‘Downton Abbey’ director Michael Engler addresses rich white people criticism – INSIDER

"Downton Abbey" director Michael Engler responded to criticisms that the show and subsequent movie focused too much on wealthy, white people and their servants.

"I certainly understand that point of view," Engler said to Insider when asked about the criticism. "I don't disagree that some people don't necessarily have to be interested in [the show], and [some] aren't. And I'm OK with that."

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Engler emphasized that a wide range of stories should be told, even though the film and hit show mainly portrayed the struggles of the wealthy Crawley family (an aristocratic English family with a sprawling estate) and their servants.

"We all need to be thinking more about what stories we're telling, whose stories we're telling, who's telling them," he said.

But for the director, "Downton Abbey" wasn't quite the right project to do this.

"[The show] started as one thing, and that's what it is," Engler said, adding, "We weren't just going to change it for political correctness."

Read more: THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Downton Abbey'

The director also spoke about the challenges of making a period piece.

"You kind of have to learn about whatever world you're working in, whether it's a different place or a different kind of profession," Engler said. "You just have to learn about that world and then try to portray it as realistic."

Engler helmed the upcoming "Downton Abbey" movie, which hit theaters Friday. A continuation of the beloved show, it focuses on the wealthy Crawley family and their servants as they prepare for a visit from the king and queen of England.

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Whats on TV Tuesday: Mixed-ish and American Horror Story – The New York Times

MIXED-ISH 9 p.m. on ABC. The premiere of the newest black-ish spinoff from Kenya Barris centers on the early years of that shows matriarch, Rainbow Johnson, as she recounts her experiences growing up in a mixed-race family in the 1980s. In the prequel series, a young Rainbow (whos called Bow, for short) and her siblings, Santamonica and Johan, try to adjust to life in the suburbs after their parents, played by Tika Sumpter and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, move them from a hippie commune. Bow is played here by Arica Himmell, with narration from Tracee Ellis Ross, who portrays the character on black-ish. Like black-ish and its sister spinoff grown-ish, the new series will explore ideas around race, identity and assimilation.

THIS IS US 9 p.m. on NBC. This fan favorite family drama returns for its fourth season, charting the Pearsons ups and downs through their past, present and future. This season, the show will continue to uncover more about the parents Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and the Big Three the triplets Kate (Chrissy Metz), Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley). But it will also introduce a few new characters. In the premiere, Rebecca introduces Jack to her parents, which may serve as the first time fans will meet Rebeccas father, played this season by the actor Tim Matheson. Jennifer Morrison has also been confirmed as a recurring guest star, though its not clear yet how her character connects to the Pearson clan. And the director M. Night Shyamalan, who was spotted in the Season 4 trailer, may even somehow make it into the mix.

EMERGENCE 10 p.m. on ABC. This new thriller follows Jo Evans (Allison Tolman), a police chief in a quiet Northeastern town who finds herself caught up in an atypical adoption scenario after she finds a young girl, totally unharmed, at the site of a mysterious plane crash. Not long after that act of kindness, Evans gets caught up in a conspiracy that surrounds the girls identity.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE Stream on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Just as American Horror Story: 1984, the newest installment of Ryan Murphys horror anthology series, begins its run on FX, fans can revisit Season 8, which focuses on the end of the world. Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and Emma Roberts star in this crossover between Season 1 (Murder House) and Season 3 (Coven), where the worlds chosen elite wait out the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse in a secure, but mysterious, fallout shelter.

JEFF DUNHAM: BESIDE HIMSELF Stream on Netflix. The comedian Jeff Dunham tackles topics like parenting and political correctness with his unique brand of humor which just so happens to include a little help from a few ventriloquist dummies. In addition to his usual gang of puppets like Walter, Bubba J and Peanut, Dunham will introduce his hometown audience in Dallas to Larry, a chain-smoking, on-again, off-again adviser to the president.

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How the Past Informs Trump’s Vision of America’s Future – NBC Connecticut

President Donald Trump's vision of America's tomorrows looks much like its yesterdays.

He loves "beautiful" coal. "Beautiful" warships. And "those four beautiful words: MADE IN THE USA!" He speaks of the country's might as measured by its steel mills, farms and cars rolling off Detroit assembly lines.

He's not merely summoning happy memories. His nostalgia shapes policy and lives, too.

Trump glorifies the muscle and sweat (but not the labor unions) of those who toil in factories and till the soil, like those idealized depictions of labor in century-old murals.

He does not love wind power. He's a fossil fuel guy. A meat and potatoes man, too, he steers an administration that reflects not just his agenda but his pre-woke diet, as when it pulled back on requirements for whole grains in school lunches.

He's had it out for those newfangled light bulbs for years, ever since he warned flatly and falsely that they "can cause cancer."

He waves off modern worries about global warming by pointing to a cold snap. His campaign sells plastic straws to thumb its nose at what Trump considers political correctness.

Meantime the world moves on.

Industry, technology and much of the culture are finding new ways of doing and living.

Even the auto industry, which doesn't like being told by government what to do, has found itself unhappy about how Trump is easing fuel economy requirements . Crusty old Detroit has already moved on from its most gas-guzzling days and invested massively in more efficient vehicles, kicking higher even as Trump lowers the goal posts.

U.S. prosperity has been driven for decades by services, technology and new things, not the grunt work of old that is celebrated by Trump. He sees trade in terms of the exchange of goods and he ignores services, where long-standing U.S. strength in global competitiveness does not fit his world view of an America under siege by rapacious traders like China.

"We are bringing BACK," he likes to say, and always with exaggeration. "We are bringing back America faster than anyone thought possible! We are bringing back our factories, we are bringing back our jobs, and we are bringing back those four beautiful words: MADE IN THE USA!"

"All those things come from the '50s and '60s," said Irving Rein, a professor of communications at Northwestern University who has studied cultural trends for more than a half century. He says that when Trump cheers things such as king coal, big steel and trade protectionism with the "big, beautiful tariff" on China, he knows his audience a largely older one that takes comfort in a filtered view of the past.

Yet modernity advances.

"Popular culture is like a river; it just kind of floats by," Rein said. "Some of it stays." And Trump has captured those eddies.

In his own way, Joe Biden has, too.

While disagreeing with the 73-year-old Trump on almost all of the above, the 76-year-old Democratic presidential hopeful invokes a time of comity between political opponents "the feeling that, nostalgically, there was more compromise," Rein said and holds out the prospect of bringing back those days. This, while Trump and most of Biden's rivals seem ready to lunge at each other.

Trump's throwback tendencies are not unique in leadership. Ronald Reagan could be steeped in sentimentality, too, if without the sharp edges of this president.

Constantine Sedikides, a psychology professor who studies nostalgia from Britain's University of Southampton, said right-wing populists in Europe have romanticized the past to advance goals such as Britain's exit from the European Union and the marginalization of "outgroups" such as Islamic migrants and refugees.

"Trump is using collective nostalgia sentimental longing about the country's rosy past to his political advantage," Sedikides said by email.

By its nature, such cultural observers say, collective nostalgia is history seen through a veil, with old hardships and prejudices put out of mind in favor of wistful remembrance. "You cherry-pick things," Rein said.

Some of Trump's retro impulses are reflected by now in law or in the lifting of regulations, a trend most pronounced when it fits his pro-industry conservatism as well.

This past week his administration barred California's longtime authority to set stricter car and truck emission standards than federal rules require. Nearly half the states sued to block the Trump administration's action, which by its own reckoning is likely to result in additional fuel consumption of 500,000 barrels a day.

The auto industry, instead of being relieved, warned that their vehicles will become less competitive globally if the incentive to increase fuel efficiency is lost. Trump called them "politically correct Automobile Companies."

Trump has eased up a variety of environmental regulations, in part to serve his interest in reviving coal. But that effort is up against forces of the modern free market, awash in natural gas, as utilities continue closing coal-fired plants in favor of energy sources that are cleaner, cheaper or both.

This month the administration slowed a long push by Congress to wean the country from old-time incandescent bulbs in favor of LEDs and other lights that use less energy. Trump argues the savings aren't worth it, consumers should have a choice and under those new bulbs "I always look orange."

"And so do you," he told a Republican gathering, as if realizing he has been associated with that color anyway.

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Guest column: The road we choose to follow is ours; choose wisely – Victoria Advocate

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Aug. 6 Advocate cartoon depicting a confused equine at a political highway junction was a dandy. Should it continue the middle road of moderation, veer left toward more liberalness or veer to a more conservative right? The cartoon could as easily have portrayed a pachyderm confronting the same choices. To be sure, the character arrived at the junction perplexed and flustered. Perhaps, as never before in our history, the polarization of political viewpoints is causing America to lose its way; confused as to which road is the better choice.

Veering to the left side of the road are those typically convinced Americas problems are the result of its past. Advocates of this view think the nation has not evolved far enough from its founding principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free markets. They press for a living Constitution, believing our founding document was never intended by its writers to be static, but rather be interpreted in the light of constantly evolving experiences of the American people. This view was recognized as dangerous by Thomas Jefferson in 1781 when he wrote, Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. A living, fluid constitution would result in establishing a class of ideological rulers who could, and no doubt would, determine the rights of all the people. This would literally shred the Constitution as a document promoting freedom of choice and force citizens to conform to unchanging rules of code and conduct in fostering their general and personal welfare. Admittedly, the U. S. Constitution is not perfect and requires periodic fine tuning, but most believe doing anything more than that constitutes a clear danger of dismembering the very foundation of our constitutional republic. Unlike the founders, a far-left ideology strongly desires the government to be ever larger, yielding more malevolent authority and power. They see as good, the government taking more of corporate and individual income and redistributing it to whom they feel are deserving. Rather than safeguarding equal opportunity for all, this liberalism advocates the imposition and enforcement of equal outcomes to everyone, regardless of merit.

Veering towards the roads right side, we find others equally concerned about which path the nation is taking. But, their tendency is to view our most important problems being borne more recently, having their genesis within the last couple of generations. Through their eyes, the pillars of American history, including the U. S. Constitution; separation of powers; rule of law; freedom of assembly, religion, and speech; free market economy; and Americas role as a world peace-keeper, is crumbling. This group shudders when Americas public school, college, and universities are infiltrated by socialist administrators and educators teaching their children and grandchildren to be ashamed of those things that brought forth Americas greatness. They weep as they witness ex-presidents, governors, state legislators, members of the U. S. Congress and candidates for the highest office in the nation view the fruits of Americas accomplishments with contempt and disdain.

Regardless of validity, conservatists often accuse the liberalists as being a satanic false belief countermanding what the Founding Fathers set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Believing like the founders that government must be fiercely constrained, the more conservative view todays trends toward secularism, humanism, political correctness, destruction of the traditional family, decline in faith, corruption within government, and out-of-control illegal immigration as major threats to the safety and well-being of the constitutional republic.

Perhaps their greatest apprehension is seeing the animosity directed toward themselves and anyone else who believes that there are moral and ethical absolutes; who promotes individual self-sufficiency; who advocates for family and parental rights; who dares to invoke the name of Jesus Christ in truth; or who is naive enough to believe that all of humankind is created equal with certain unalienable rights, granted them by their Creator.

The forefathers of this nation were willing to die to establish the rule of law, and many over the course of our history have given their lives sustaining our constitutional law. It must be remembered that the U. S. Constitution is the foundation of our Republic and the Ten Commandments are, in many ways, the foundation of the Constitution. The writers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution firmly believed that if Gods Commandments were not kept, the Republic would collapse. Their words and beliefs were never ever intended to be taken lightly.

A former president said, If we ever forget that were one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. The right to choose and the road we choose to follow is ours. We must choose wisely.

Bobby D. Whitefield, of Victoria, is a former director of special programs for the Texas Water Commission in Austin. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of biology at the University of Corpus Christi and head of the science department at Tuloso-Midway ISD in Corpus Christi.

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Reclaiming Common Sense’ – Washington Times

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When Thomas Paine appealed to common sense to make the case for American independence, it probably never crossed his mind that there would ever be a need to make the case for common sense itself, at least not in America, writes Robert Curry, author of Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea (Encounter Books, 2015), contributor to a variety of journals and a director of The Claremont Institute, in Reclaiming Common Sense: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World.

Today, however, common sense falls under steady attack. Deep thinkers have discarded it, elites have learned to disdain it, and leftist politicians reject all manifestations of it as reflections of the deeply flawed nature of our economic system and theory of government.

Examples of the war on common sense are now everywhere in public life. Mr. Curry points to the current unhinged national discussions about gender. Not long ago, a boy in a tutu and a tiara who claimed he was a girl would still be regarded as a boy. Today, academic and cultural elites as well as government officials insist that gender identity is more real than biology, with at least one website claiming there are at least 63 existing genders.

The war on moral common sense has reached new heights of absurdity. Mr. Curry points out that if we take common-sense steps to protect ourselves from Islamic terrorists, who demonstrably exist in the real world, we are said to suffer a psychological condition called Islamophobia, which unlike other phobias claustrophobia, for instance makes us victimizers rather than victims.

Also, when we attempt to secure our borders, we are met by cries that walls are immoral. Evidently the common-sense wisdom that good walls make good neighbors has been taken down by the masters of political correctness.

It would be inconceivable to the Founders, writes Mr. Curry, that the common-sense realism that structured our nation, saw it through our formative years, and made it unique in the world could fall victim to such irrationality.

But, as he points out, a great deal of effort has gone into assailing it. Proponents of irrationalist doctrines that came on in wave after wave beginning in the nineteenth century romanticism, Hegelianism, Marxism, progressivism, existentialism, postmodernism, and the like have been pounding away at common sense for a very long time.

For many years, the foundation of an American college education was common sense. But in the 1960s, the pounding of the irrationalists finally found a point of entry, and the rise of the New Leftists, whose victories seemed minimal at the time, resulted in populating American campuses with politically radicalized professors.

Those professors, eventually tenured and assisted by radical (or frightened) administrators, have replaced education with indoctrination in multiculturalism and an ever-changing array of politically correct doctrines that are inimical to the American foundational philosophy.

The struggle against common sense is the beginning of speculative thinking, wrote Herbert Marcuse, the philosopher who interpreted Marx for the New Leftists of the 1960s. And that Marxist/Marcusian struggle against common sense continues to motivate the leftists of today.

Unlike the American Revolution, which was successful by any measure, the revolutions based on Marxist thinking failed, and failed spectacularly. The Soviet Union murdered its own people in the tens of millions and then collapsed, in part as the result of attempting the impossible: trying to run a country according to Marxist economic ideas.

Moreover, this continues to be the case today in those countries North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba that still attempt to apply Marxian principles to the governance of their nations. But what no contemporary champion of those principles will admit is that the failure of those ideas to work wherever they have been tried must mean that the ideas are wrong.

Nevertheless, we find candidates competing for the presidential nomination in our own country campaigning on variations of those very principles.

As Mr. Curry puts it, Everyone knows, or rather everyone ought to know, that government is always and everywhere inefficient. Its a common-sense observation, based on the normal experience of government. Yet for the Left, government is always and everywhere the solution.

And that makes no sense at all, common or otherwise.

John R. Coyne Jr., a former White House speechwriter, is co-author of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement (Wiley).

RECLAIMING COMMON SENSE: FINDING TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD

By Robert Curry

With a foreword by Brian T. Kennedy

Encounter Books, $19.99, 107 pages

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